Snow White and The Huntsman
June 4, 2012
Snow White and The Huntsman
The enchanting Snow White (Kristen Stewart) joins forces with the fierce Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who was recruited by the diabolical Queen (Charlize Theron) to kill the fair beauty, and together they fight to rid their kingdom of evil in this bold new take on the fairy-tale classic from commercial director Rupert Sanders. Obsessed with being the fairest woman in the land, the Queen learns that Snow White will soon surpass her in beauty, and seeks to achieve immortality by consuming the young girl's heart. But the Huntsman is the only one capable of braving the dark forest to seek out Snow White. Threatened with death should he refuse to follow his order, the Huntsman finds Snow White, and begins training her for the arduous battle ahead. Meanwhile, a handsome prince, William (Sam Claflin) falls hopelessly under Snow White's spell. Will they make it? See for yourself.
I personally had an expectation in this movie, as I though Mirror Mirror was bad enough, but then, this movie failed me, as it went worse than Mirror Mirror was. Every aspects in this movie just felt wrong to me. Sanders kept the originality of the Grimm's tale itself, but he stuffed it with some stupid junks and twists where they either didn't fit or made it all too much.
Is it just me or this movie really was boring? I would say that the plot was too fast in the beginning, like the narrating was supposed to be ended in 5 minutes or less, no matter how little the explanations were, and then it goes too long in the middle along with too many unnecessary dialogues and scenes, where they all lead to a super fast, easy and flat climax and ending? I honestly couldn't stand sitting there in the studio without yawning every 10 minutes.
Every scenes and dialogues in this movie made me frowned. In the beginning, for instance; how did Snow White's mother die? And what was Ravenna's reason to keep Snow alive? And how did Snow manage to escape with such skills, as we knew that she was locked up in the tower for a really long time, so where the hell did she learn such tricks and skills? And why did Ravenna let the Duke Hammond alive and living his own life with some people? And at the end, how could Snow become that powerful? And where the fuck did she get the army? And as every summary said that the Huntsman was the one who taught her how to hunt, but then again, WHEN? It all didn't make sense to me. And one thing bothered me, what was up with long, confusing and threatening escape when at the end, they'd be back right from the very first spot anyway?
Ridiculousness; things that decorated this movie well enough to make me scream "WTF!" Like, how little Snow White was that cheerful and had dark blonde hair, and when she grew up, she had that fucking flat and boring persona and miraculously black hair. And the funeral song sang by the dwarfes (eight, yes, EIGHT of them) was just AN EPIC RIDICULOUSNESS. I didn't spend my money for hearing such false song for nearly 3 minutes! And what kind of princess wore a leather pants under her gown?! Like she had been prepared for a long journey to the battlefield. And they made the main characters alive against all the threats, in such forceful way. And the appearance of the Troll, with the so-need-to-be-powerful huntsman fighting over it and then Snow made it went away just by staring at it with no fucking reason, just, WTF? And how they manage to make the twist in the true love kiss scene, too hillarious to be true! Last but not least, the most ridiculous of them all, was how Ravenna screaming and ordering like a mad person, accentuated every words that almost heard as the sound of an old troll choked to the death. She was like, "Mirror mirrooorr onnnnn theehh wooollllll ... who's ttthee faiiiirest of theemm ooooll". Just, ridiculously stupid.
The main characters themselves weren't helping. Kristen Stewart looked almost flat as a zombie; no expression, ridiculously too much, not adorable at all (though she was quite pretty), confusing between vulnerable or just she-did-not-know-what-to-do-and-what-she-was-up-to, lack of focus, wrong place for such an awkwardness. She wasn't there, that was it. And Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Ravenna, let's just say, evil and intimidating enough. She did manage to look almighty, but it seemed that she didn't do much efforts, like everything was settled with her powerful magic, but yet, the crave of immortality drove her mad. Despite her ridiculous screaming, I love how Theron portrayed Ravenna's wreckage and fragility whenever she moved with that kind of almighty attitudes of Ravenna (like when she was out of youth and she literally writhed on the floor when she ran out powers). I also love the tense in her eyes, like they were about to stab you right in your heart. And no praise for the boring 'prince charming', William, as Sam Claflin was supposed to be an embellishment only. And for Chris Hermsworth who roled the drunken huntsman, I would say, not his best performance. He seemed confused, being so fragile as the effect of him, being widowed. And the feeling of responsibility, for protecting Snow White was out of nowhere, and long story short, he fell for her, for no reason. But then again, who could resist his charm? Like when he appeared at the very end of the movie, with his neat and clean face, his long hair tied back, his flawless beards and blue eyes, standing there, just, OMFG!
Praise goes for Sam Spruell who portrayed Ravenna's brother, Finn. He somewhat looked dumb, but he gave me creep. It was something inside his persona, that vulnerability and somewhat wanting for an end. And also all of the eight dwarfes (portrayed by the minimized Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson) were amusing. I like their appearance that somewhat powerful but care. That loyalty of them, and the feeling of being abandoned were belieavable. They somehow manage to be the star of the journey. Well, despite their awful songs ...
Despite all its flaws, Snow White and The Huntsman came with breathtaking visual effects. It somewhat magical and dreamy. Like the fairies' forest, the liquid mirror man, the glass army, the creep of the dark forest, the magic of Queen Ravenna. The booming scores, the fantastic CGI, the most beautiful costumes, stunning cinematography, were all worked out. One thing stood up though, Ravenna's past, as her mother blessed (or should I say cursed?) her with being the fairest of them all. It was sad, like we could see Ravenna's other side beside the darkness inside her. It was memorable.
Overall, Snow White and The Huntsman was somewhat flawsome and overlong, but yet, an eye-candy movie filled with magical fantasy.
Queen Ravenna : "Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?"